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First published in Star*Line, and was included in the full honorable mentions list for Ellen Datlow's "Best Horror of the Year #3". Inspired by the story of Enriqueta Marti.



Recipe for Eternal Youth

One drop of blood
lured by rags and promises.

A pinch of Catalonian sunset.
Reflect first in dark eyes -
the younger the better.
Innocence optional
(can be sold separately).

Boil the body till fat separates.
May require feeding before dispatch
(one promise kept).

Add ground bone to fat.
Mix boy and girl for best results.
Scent lightly: Lavender or bay.

Tell customers to use quickly.
A fresh batch next week
for never decreasing wrinkles.

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